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March 10, 2022, 8:48 a.m.

5 Spring Adventures to Get Back to Nature

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When the sun comes out and you feel the gentle breeze of those first few warm days, spring fever can hit hard. We find that the best remedy for outdoor adventure cravings is planning a spring getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Here are some of our favorite adventures to get you back outside this spring.

Find a favorite spring hiking trail

Go on the hunt for a breathtaking waterfall or stretch your legs on a picturesque trail that winds through the towering trees of Pisgah National Forest. Check out our guide to some of the best hiking and waterfall trails in the area. Enjoy a colorful adventure at one of these top spots for finding spring wildflowers in the mountains.

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Spot a new feathered friend — birding in the Blue Ridge

During the spring migration, countless bird species make their way through the mountains of Western North Carolina. And early spring is also a great time to spot resident birds flitting among the leafless trees. We’ve rounded up 6+ spots that are working packing your binoculars for, as recommended by the North Carolina Birding Trail.

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Sleep under the stars — camping adventures for all

If you enjoy your spring nights with a side of s’mores, you’ll want to check out these top campgrounds and RV parks. Choose from tent sites beside the creek or lake, full hook-up RV sites with all the amenities, or unique “glamping” cabins. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family campout, there’s a Blue Ridge site perfect for your adventure.

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Try your hand at a new-to-you adventure

Ready to venture into a new adventure? There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from in the mountains. Give disc golf a spin at the North Cove Social Club, which features an 18-hole course for all skill levels, as well as a more technical course for experienced players.

Find out why the Blue Ridge is a fantastic place to fish for trout. Book a guided fly fishing trip with The Catawba Angler, or borrow a rod and reel for free from the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort. Find all the rules and regulations in our fishing guide.

If you’re interested in touring the mountains on two wheels, you’ve come to the right place! Kids and beginner cyclists can enjoy a short ride along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway in Marion. Those with a bit more mountain biking experience should check out Kitsuma Peak and the new Copper Ridge Trail. Stop into the Old Fort Ride House first for a cup of coffee and great info on area trails.

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Plan a day at Lake James

Lake James State Park offers plenty of adventures for warm weather months, including 30+ miles of hiking trails. Beginning in May, the Paddy’s Creek Recreation Area is open for both swimming and boating, including boat rentals for both canoes and kayaks. Lake James is also a great spot for a picnic year-round!

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